How to install Tor Browser in Fedora 32, CentOS 8 and RHEL 8

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Tor Browser Installation

I was trying to find out a way to install Tor and Tor Browser in Fedora Gnome 3. I found many articles mentioning how to install Tor, however I couldn't find a single good article, mentioning how  to install Tor Browser in Fedora Gnome 3. So, I decided to explain, how to install Tor along with Tor Browser in Fedora, RHEL and CentOS. Please note this article is applicable for CentOS, Redhat Linux (RHEL) since Fedora is a similar OS to these. For Ubuntu, Gentoo,Suse and other version of Linux you might need to modify commands and locations.

Before you start installing Tor, I would like to explain the negative part of it. Yes TOR comes with an annoying negative side effect. As TOR uses multiple computer IPs to send your request to web servers, all TOR network IPs get flagged as spammy. Now days almost every website owner use Cloudlflare and enable threat control. Hence based on my experience, if you want to visit 10 websites out 8 you will need to resolve annoying captcha. And it’s not just click three images or store front, or road signs. You would require to keep on clicking unless Google stops giving you new images.

Recently Tor Project has changed Tor's entire architecture and switched to only browser mode previously you had to install tor repo then the browser now, everything has been simplified. Please note this tutorial does not require any high level knowledge of linux. Now lets jump to installation part.

1. Download Tor Browser from Tor Project.

2. Extract the downloaded file by right clicking on it.

3. Open the folder and navigate inside "tor-browser_en-US" folder.

4. rename the folder Browser as Tor-Browser.

5. Open Terminal as root and enter following command. And remember to replace "YourUserName" with your username and "tor-browser-linux64-9.0.9_en-US" to the version you have downloaded.

mv /home/YourUserName/Downloads/tor-browser-linux64-9.0.9_en-US/tor-browser_en-US/Tor-Browser/ /opt/

6. Right click on start-tor-browser.desktop and open it with gedit or text editor. And copy paste the following code:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Tor Browser
GenericName=Web Browser
Comment=Tor Browser is +1 for privacy and −1 for mass surveillance
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;Security;
Exec=sh -c '"/opt/Tor-Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/opt/Tor-Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k
X-TorBrowser-ExecShell=./Browser/start-tor-browser --detach
Icon=/opt/Tor-Browser/browser/chrome/icons/default/default128.png
StartupWMClass=Tor Browser

7. Save the file and double click on it, and then click on mark as Trusted. (In case you don't get the option "Mark as Trusted after double click, or if the file opens in gedit or text editor follow step 9.

8. Navigate to terminal once again as root and paste the following command. Once again remember to replace "YourUserName" with your username and "tor-browser-linux64-9.0.9_en-US" to the version you have.

mv /home/YourUserName/Downloads/tor-browser-linux64-9.0.9_en-US/tor-browser_en-US/start-tor-browser.desktop /usr/share/applications/

9. In case you don't get the option "Mark as Trusted after double click, or if the file opens in gedit or text editor enter following command in terminal.

chmod 644 /usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop

Now if you check application, you'll find tor browser icon has appeared and your anonymous browser is ready to use.

Well, after 8 years of installing Tor on my computers, this is the first time I found a clear easy tutorial that actually works without any personal touch added! Thanks.

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